BSN Direct Admit for Freshmen

At the Wayne State University College of Nursing, students come from a variety of backgrounds and experiences, and we welcome the benefits that a diverse student body brings not only to the college but ultimately to the nursing profession. That's why we use a holistic admission process that looks at each individual applicant as just that — an individual. This competitive and thorough process considers not only a critical evaluation of grade point averages and test scores, where applicable, but also includes healthcare related service and a completed essay form that allow you to detail your personal attributes and experiences that would support your admission to the college. This entire package is what the Undergraduate Admission Committee uses to determine which students will best fit the program.

Before applying, it is strongly suggested that you attend an information meeting. These meetings, which are offered each month, cover admission requirements and program curriculum in detail, as well as give you the opportunity to ask questions. Visit our information meeting page for upcoming session dates.

Steps to Apply to the College of Nursing

Step 1: Apply to Wayne State University

To be eligible to apply to the BSN Direct Admit for Freshmen pathway, you must be entering directly out of high school. Applying to the BSN Direct Admit for Freshmen pathway is part of the candidate's application to Wayne State University. You must first apply as a nursing (pre-nursing) major. Once the application status portal is accessed, select "Yes" on the Nursing Program Interest Form. The deadline to apply to the BSN Direct Admit for Freshmen pathway and submit all required documents is November 15.   

Applicants must meet the following requirements to be eligible for admission consideration:

  • Admission to Wayne State University
  • Minimum 3.0 high school GPA
  • Minimum SAT Total Score of 1110 or ACT Composite Score of 22 (The Direct Admit for Freshmen BSN program will be test optional for Fall 2021 applicants. Submission of test scores are not required to apply).
  • Submission of supplemental materials  

Step 2: Submit supplemental materials 

When completing the College of Nursing Secondary Application, you must also include supplemental application materials, which you may upload to your AppStatus page. Failure to submit all supplemental materials will result in application not being reviewed. These materials include: 

  • Essay Questions: Applicants must submit answers to the following three questions. Each response is to not exceed 250 words. Upload a completed College of Nursing Application BSN Essay Form to your application.
    1. Describe a leadership experience that you have had (i.e., work, school, team) and/or led an initiative/ campaign to generate change and/or interest and discuss what you learned from this experience. Personal attributes of a leader include inquisitiveness, ambition, empathy and problem-solving abilities. Include a description of the leadership qualities that you possess and how they will assist you with success in the nursing program.
    2. The College of Nursing's mission statement states:  
         We create and translate knowledge and educate a diverse student body prepared to excel as clinicians,
         scholars
       and leaders who improve health in local and global communities. 
      How does your passion for nursing align with the mission of the CON?  Describe any experiences that you have had with diverse groups of people (or people who are different from you in some way). What did you learn from this experience?
    3. Courage, resiliency, and an ability to overcome adversity are important characteristics for success in the College of Nursing. Describe a time when you were faced with a difficult situation. How did these traits contribute to successfully achieving your goals?
    4. Describe how your Healthcare Related Service Experience(s) have contributed to your desire to become a nurse.
  • Healthcare Related Service Experience (WAIVED FOR 2021): You are required to complete a minimum of 10 hours of healthcare related service. Provide a complete Healthcare Related Service Experience Form (will provide new document) for each experience and upload to your Nursing Secondary Application. Examples of healthcare-related service include, but are not limited to, volunteering (unpaid) at health fairs; with senior citizens or those in Assisted Care facilities; with support groups or programs for children/adults with special needs; as a non-clerical volunteer in a hospital or community health organizations; soup kitchens and homeless shelters.
    • Service must be completed within one year of the application deadline.
    • Shadowing of a professional nurse is acceptable.
    • Volunteer experiences must be clearly distinct from any paid positions or required school-based internship or work hours.
    • Volunteer experiences may not include caring for a friend/family member.

Additional information and important dates for the 2021 cohort 

All updates and communications from the College of Nursing will be sent to the Wayne State University email account. It is important to check this account regularly for updates regarding registration and other information. After applying, applications can be monitored by checking the AppStatus page. Contact us at  nursinginfo@wayne.edu if there are any discrepancies.

Important dates

Sept. 2020 Fall 2021 Wayne State University applications open.
Nov. 15, 2020

Deadline: Upload College of Nursing Application BSN Essay Form and Healthcare Related Service Experience Form to application status portal.

March 31, 2021 Admission decisions made no later than this date.

Contact

Director of Undergraduate Nursing Programs

Erik Carter PhD, MS, ACNS-CCNS, CCRN-K, PHN
313-577-4144

BSN Academic Services Officer

Amanda Palma, MSEd, Workforce Diversity, current BSN Direct Admit for Freshmen, BSN Second Career/Degree, BSN for Veterans and Traditional BSN students
313-577-4911